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Turkmenistan Population: 5,179,571
Backgroundstern Turkmenistan for centuries formed part of the Persian province of Khurasan; in medieval times Merv (today known as Mary) was one of the grt cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road. Annexed by Russia between 1865 and 1885, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic in 1924. It achieved independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Extensive hydrocarbon/natural gas reserves could prove a boon to this underdeveloped country if extraction and delivery projects were to be expanded. The Turkmenistan Government is actively seeking to develop alternative petroleum transportation routes to brk Russia's pipeline monopoly. President for Life Saparmurat NYYAZOW died in December 2006, and Turkmenistan held its first multi-candidate presidential electoral process in February 2007. Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, a vice premier under NYYAZOW, emerged as the country's new president.Map data ©2009 Europa Technologies - Terms of Use
GeographyLandlocked; the western and central low-lying desolate portions of the country make up the grt Garagum (Kara-Kum) desert, which occupies over 80% of the country; stern part is platu.Loion:Central Asia, bordering the Caspian S, between Iran and KazakhstanGeographic coordinates:40 00 N, 60 00 r:total: 488,100 sq km
land: 488,100 sq km
water: NEGLSize comparison: slightly larger than California
Land Boundaries:total: 3,736 km
border countries: Afghanistan 744 km, Iran 992 km, Kazakhstan 379 km, Uzbekistan 1,621 kmCoastline:0 km; note - Turkmenistan borders the Caspian S (1,768 km)Maritime claims:none (landlocked)Climate:subtropical desertTerrain:flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes rising to mountains in the south; low mountains along border with Iran; borders Caspian S in westElevation extremes:lowest point: Vpadina Akchanaya -81 m; note - Sarygamysh Koli is a lake in northern Turkmenistan with a water level that fluctuates above and below the elevation of Vpadina Akchanaya (the lake has dropped as low as -110 m)
highest point: Gora Ayribaba 3,139 mNatural resources:petroleum, natural gas, sulfur, saltLand use:arable land: 4.51%
permanent crops: 0.14%
other: 95.35% (2005)Irrigated land:18,000 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:NACurrent Environment Issues:contamination of soil and groundwater with agricultural chemicals, pesticides; salination, water logging of soil due to poor irrigation methods; Caspian S pollution; diversion of a large share of the flow of the Amu Darya into irrigation contributes to that river's inability to replenish the Aral S; desertifiionInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
PeoplePopulation:5,179,571 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 34.2% (male 902,811/female 868,428)
15-64 yrs: 61.5% (male 1,577,187/female 1,607,353)
65 yrs and over: 4.3% (male 97,480/female 126,312) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 22.6 yrs
male: 22 yrs
female: 23.1 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:1.596% (2008 est.)Birth rate:25.07 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:6.11 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:-3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.77 male(s)/female
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 51.81 dths/1,000 live births
male: 56.01 dths/1,000 live births
female: 47.4 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 68.6 yrs
male: 65.53 yrs
female: 71.82 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:3.07 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:less than 0.1% (2004 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:fewer than 200 (2003 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:fewer than 100 (2004 est.)Nationality:noun: Turkmen(s)
adjective: TurkmenistaniEthnic groups:Turkmen 85%, Uzbek 5%, Russian 4%, other 6% (2003)Religions:Muslim 89%, stern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%Languages:Turkmen 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9%, other 7%Literacy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.3%
female: 98.3% (1999 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Turkmenistan
local long form: none
local short form: Turkmenistan
former: Turkmen Soviet Socialist RepublicGovernment type:republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branchCapital:name: Ashgabat (Ashkhabad)
geographic coordinates: 37 57 N, 58 23 E
time difference: UTC+5 (10 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:5 provinces (welayatlar, singular - welayat) and 1 independent city*: Ahal Welayaty (Anew), Ashgabat*, Balkan Welayaty (Balkanabat), Dashoguz Welayaty, Lebap Welayaty (Turkmenabat), Mary Welayaty
note: administrative divisions have the same names as their administrative centers (exceptions have the administrative center name following in parentheses)Independence:27 October 1991 (from Soviet Union)National holiday:Independence Day, 27 October (1991)Constitution:adopted 18 May 1992Legal system:based on civil law system and Islamic law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:18 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW (since 14 February 2007); note - the president is both the chief of state and hd of government
hd of government: President Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW (since 14 February 2007)
cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-yr term; election last held on 11 February 2007 (next to be held in February 2012)
election results: Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW elected president; percent of vote - Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW 89.2%, Amanyaz ATAJYKOW 3.2%, other candidates 7.6%Legislative branch:unicameral parliament known as the National Assembly (Mejlis) (125 sts; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held 14 December 2008 (next to be held December 2013)
election results: 100% of elected officials are members of either the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan or its pseudo-civil society parent organization, the Revival Movement, and are prpproved by the president
note: in autumn 2008, the constitution of Turkmenistan was revised to abolish the 2,507-member legislative body known as the People's Council and to expand the of deputies in the National Assembly from 65 to 125; the powers formerly held by the People's Council were divided up between the President and the National AssemblyJudicial branch:Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the president)Political parties and lders:Democratic Party of Turkmenistan or DPT [Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW]
note: formal opposition parties are outlawed; unofficial, small opposition movements exist abroad; the three most prominent opposition groups-in-exile are the National Democratic Movement of Turkmenistan (NDMT), the Republican Party of Turkmenistan, and the Watan (Fatherland) Party; the NDMT was led by former Foreign Minister Boris SHIKHMURADOV until his arrest and imprisonment in the wake of the 25 November 2002 attack on President NYYAZOW's motorcadePolitical pressure groups and lders:NAInternational organization participation:ADB, CIS, PC, EBRD, ECO, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, OSCE, PFP, SCO (guest), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMODiplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Meret Bairamovich ORAZOW
chancery: 2207 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 588-1500
FAX: [1] (202) 588-0697Diplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Richard M. MILES
embassy: No. 9 1984 Street (formerly Pushkin Street), Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744000
mailing address: 7070 Ashgabat Place, Washington, DC 20521-7070
telephone: [993] (12) 35-00-45
FAX: [993] (12) 39-26-14
EconomyTurkmenistan is largely a desert country with intensive agriculture in irrigated oases and sizble gas and oil resources. One-half of its irrigated land is planted in cotton; formerly it was the world's 10th-largest producer. Poor harvests in recent yrs have led to an almost 50% decline in cotton exports. With an authoritarian ex-Communist regime in power and a tribally based social structure, Turkmenistan has taken a cautious approach to economic reform, hoping to use gas and cotton sales to sustain its inefficient economy. Privatization goals remain limited. From 1998-2005, Turkmenistan suffered from the continued lack of adequate export routes for natural gas and from obligations on extensive short-term external debt. At the same time, however, total exports rose by an average of roughly 15% per yr from 2003-08, largely because of higher international oil and gas prices. A new pipeline to China, set to come online in late 2009 or rly 2010, will give Turkmenistan an additional export route for its gas. Overall prospects in the nr future are discouraging because of widesprd internal poverty, a poor eduional system, government misuse of oil and gas revenues, and Ashgabat's reluctance to adopt market-oriented reforms. In the past, Turkmenistan's economic statistics were state secrets. The new government has established a State Acy for Statistics, but GDP s and other figures are subject to wide margins of error. In particular, the rate of GDP growth is uncertain. Since his election, President BERDIMUHAMEDOW has sought to improve the hlth and eduion systems, unified the country's dual currency exchange rate, ordered the redenomination of the manat, reduced state subsidies for gasoline, incrsed internet access both in schools and internet cafes, ordered an independent audit of Turkmenistan's gas resources, and crted a special tourism zone on the Caspian S. Although foreign investment is encouraged, numerous burucratic obstacles from the NYYZOW-era remain.GDP (purchasing power parity):$30.19 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$28.82 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:7.5% (IMF estimate) note: official government statistics are widely regarded as unreliable (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$5,800 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 10.7%
industry: 38.8%
services: 50.4% (2008 est.)Labor force:2.089 million (2004 est.)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 48.2%
industry: 14%
services: 37.8% (2004 est.)Unemployment rate:60% (2004 est.)Population below poverty line:30% (2004 est.)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: 2.6%
highest 10%: 31.7% (1998)Distribution of family income - Gini index:40.8 (1998)Inflation rate (consumer prices):18% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):11.6% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $1.393 billion
expenditures: $1.42 billion (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:natural gas, oil, petroleum products, textiles, food processingIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:12.83 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - consumption:9.584 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:1.34 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:NAOil - consumption:107,400 bbl/day (2006 est.)Oil - exports:40,000 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - imports:5,283 bbl/day (2005)Oil - proved reserves:600 million bbl (1 January 2008 est.)Natural gas - production:68.88 billion cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:19.48 billion cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:49.4 billion cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:2.832 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)Current account balance:$2.897 billion (2008 est.)Exports:$9.887 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:gas, crude oil, petrochemicals, textiles, cotton fiberExports - partners:Ukraine 51.3%, Iran 18.5%, Tur 5% (2007)Imports:$5.291 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:machinery and equipment, chemicals, foodstuffsImports - partners:UAE 14.3%, Russia 11.6%, Tur 10.3%, China 9.1%, Ukraine 8.7%, Iran 7%, Germany 6.5%, US 5.6% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$5.501 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$1.4 billion to $5 billion (2004 est.)Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():Turkmen manat (TMM)Exchange rates:Turkmen manat (TMM) per US dollar - 14,250 (as of 1 May 2008 est.)Fiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:398,100 (2005)Cellular in use:216,900 (2006)Telephone system:eral assessment: poorly developed
domestic: Turkmentelekom, in cooperation with foreign investors, is planning to upgrade the country's telephone exchanges and install a new digital switching system; mobile-cellular usage remains limited
international: country - 993; linked by cable and microwave radio relay to other CIS republics and to other countries by lsed connections to the Moscow international gateway switch; a new telephone link from Ashgabat to Iran has been established; a new exchange in Ashgabat switches international traffic through Tur via sat; satellite rth stations - 1 Orbita and 1 sat (2006)Radio broadcast stations:AM 16, FM 8, shortwave 2 (1998)Television broadcast stations:4 (government-owned and programmed) (2004)Internet country :.tmInternet hosts:640 (2008)Internet users:70,000 (2007)
TransportationAirports:28 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 22
over 3,047 m: 1
2,438 to 3,047 m: 11
1,524 to 2,437 m: 8
914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 6
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
under 914 m: 4 (2007)Heliports:1 (2007)Pipelines:gas 6,441 km; oil 1,361 km (2007)Railways:total: 2,440 km
broad gauge: 2,440 km 1.520-m gauge (2006)Roadways:total: 58,592 km
paved: 47,577 km
unpaved: 11,015 km (2002)Waterways:1,300 km (Amu Darya and Kara Kum canal are important inland waterways) (2008)Merchant marine:total: 7
by type: cargo 4, petroleum tanker 2, refrigerated cargo 1 (2008)Ports and terminals:Turkmenbasy
Military branches:Ground Forces, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces (2007)Military service age and obligation:18-30 yrs of age for compulsory military service; 2-yr conscript service obligation (2007)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 1,316,698
females age 16-49: 1,331,005 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 1,064,965
females age 16-49: 1,136,553 (2008 est.)

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